March 18, 2000 - Groping around for a leg.
this point, we've been having rehearsals on Wednesday night,
then skooting over to Applebee's in Watertown and having a few
pops while we shoot the shit. The last few weeks it's been Dan,
John, Lauren and I. (If you ever have a few drinks with Lauren,
be prepared to laugh your ass off, but then again, she IS a
professional at this.) ;-) This week it was Darby,
and I sitting
in our usual booth. Phil was kind enough to describe his
"rubber ass" to us. I fear we may have to learn more about this
later in the production. I guess we'll hafta see.
First thing we did
was a sequence at Todds/John
Horrigans desk where John reads the personals to him, them
learns that Todd has been working on a porno videotape cover.
(He can make a few bucks on the side doing this.) We then moved
to Irene's office and did a couple of sequences where John talks
to his girlfriend. In the first one, John tries to be nicey-nice
to her after she gets annoyed that John didn't enjoy videotaping
them having sex. Johnny came up with a cute bit with a staple
remover which wasn't in the script. (He pretends it's a little
puppet, making voices as he moves it's "jaws")
also had the hardest time placing his hand on Lauren's leg during
the rehearsals. ("I wouldn't naturally do this sort of thing.")
We had to shoot the scene twice, once for film and the other
time for the webcam video. Then we did it a third time because
I didn't have the cables connected properly to the video deck.
Who knew you could get your best friend to grope at a married
woman's leg so many times all in the name of art. :-) The webcam
shot definitely looked like Johnny was letching after Irene
when taken out of context.
Lane the photographer
from the Boston Globe Magazine had shown up for a few minutes.
We told him that we were having a bigger crowd for tomorrows
shooting, and he agreed to come back on Sunday. Woo hoo!
Eric presents Lauren
Eric adjusts webcam
Good, Bad & Ugly
Johnny eats turkey
Don't screw with me
Softbox man kiss
March 19, 2000 -
the resolution to the "up the skirt cam" sequence where the
gang follow the cable back to Rob's desk. Robin gets to yell
at Darby for a few minutes, then added a middle finger flip
at the end which wasn't in the script. I thought that put a
nice touch to the end of the scene.
We then did the scene
where Rob discovers the smut still on Mr. Disgusting's computer.
There was some discussion on referring to a whole directory
of "little boys" pictures on his computer. I thought it would
be appropriate to get the reaction out of Irene when she hears
it. ("Someone should cut that guys BALLS off!") Even Sparky
thought that maybe it might make his character seem too lecherous.
Can I just state for the record that I never conceived the Mr.
Disgusting character as a pedophile, just that the shots probably
just ended up on his computer through curiosity. (Sorta like
how all those pictures of deformed people ended up on MY computer.)
then did the scene where John confronts Rob about the quicktime
movie of him groping at Irenes leg that was sent to Dan. I think
I fucked up the camera placement on this sequence, I'm pretty
sure I broke the 180 degree rule when getting the shots. Will
probably hafta shoot Johns lines again, from the OTHER side.
I kinda suspected the camera placement might look strange when
I was doing it, I knew that I could get away with it in the
first sequence we did. (There were more people facing different
Dick Dahl and Lane
the photographer both showed up. Lane was impressed with the
handy Nikon Coolpix 950 camera I was wielding. I noticed that
he tended to click a bunch of shots when I had my arm outstretched
while telling something to someone. I even joked that I'll leave
my arm up in that position for the rest of the shoot. John and
I have always made fun of the typical "director pose" that one
usually sees published. (Arm pointing at something, mouth open,
giving an order. Better yet, while your holding something or
near a camera.) I think I was holding my script near my camera.
Fuck. God I hope that there aren't any arm extend, mouth open,
while holding a script while standing near my camera shots in
this Boston Globe magazine article. (I'll look like such a typical
director idiot.) Maybe I also should've worn a beret.
Behind the scenes
Darby as Rob
Kissy up to director
Two tough guys
Crew at deli
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